This post is part of 23 Things for Professional Development.
In the last year, I have attended a number of events as a delegate (Umbrella 2011), and as a speaker (Bodleian Libraries’ Personal Development and Career Planning Day); and I have helped to organise a variety of events such as the Oxford & Cambridge College Librarians’ Annual Conference 2011 and Oxford Social Media Day 2011.
- If you can, blog your conference notes rather than just writing them up and leaving them in a drawer or on an intranet. This makes your work available to others and encourages further discussion via the comments.
- Don’t leave volunteering until you feel confident enough to speak at an event – the feeling confident comes after the speaking, not the other way around.
- When preparing a bid for funding to attend an event, set out clearly all the benefits your attendance will bring to you and your organisation – make it easy for the funding panel to approve your proposal.